* Posts by Sometimes an Engineer

4 posts • joined 28 Jan 2019

To test its security mid-pandemic, GitLab tried phishing its own work-from-home staff. 1 in 5 fell for it

Sometimes an Engineer

I would beg to differ. Recently (within past year) I've been seeing increasingly sophisticated phising emails (mainly for personal banking admittedly). Some of them have the templates and logos nearly identical, and to top it all off they even have the disclaimers saying if you don't believe an email is genuine, don't click the link. The only reason why even realize these are not legitimate is because the spam filter caught them as having incorrect headers.

Of course this is not helped by the banks telling us not to click links in emails..... and then nearly all their official emails having big shiny links to click on.

UK industry calls for delay of IR35 off-payroll tax rules to private sector

Sometimes an Engineer

Re: I am HMRC's target

Disagree some of this:

2. Yes there is something stopping you from claiming benefits from your company, and it's called IR35. Allowing your company to pay any expenses whatsoever is banned if you are working within IR35. All income from a contract is assumed to be personal income and cannot go to your company, and then you pay both employers and employees NI on that personal income (as well as normal income tax). If you want to pay yourself pension, you can only do personal contributions, there is no allowable method of paying employer contributions (despite the change requiring all companies to offer a workplace pension with a minimum 3% employer contribution).

Also, nice benefits like expenses away from home are disallowed under IR35. So if you were an employee and working away from home for 6 months (eg in a hotel mon-fri), you could claim this back from the company you work for, and the company would account for it as an expense. You cannot do that under IR35 (as effectively you don't work for a company, despite being taxed as if you do.)

So overall I agree with the previous posters. You cannot treat contractors as employees for tax purposes, but not for employment rights purposes. One or the other (and I don't particularly care which)

Website programming? Pffft, so 2011. Python's main squeeze is now data science, apparently

Sometimes an Engineer

Re: Do it. Never look back!

"MatLab does only one thing well: it visualises data in a way that no open-source tool does."

It took me a while to like python (and there are still things I dislike) and it is only numpy/scipy/pandas that really shine for me, but now it's my go to for quick data analysis. However if there is one thing I'd sell my grandma for, it would be for python to be as good as Matlab at visualizing data. That for me is where Matlab shines (that and simulink).

Of course I could just sell my grandma to afford a Matlab license, but then I'd have to use Matlab.

Whats(goes)App must come down... World in shock as Zuck decides to intertwine Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp

Sometimes an Engineer

Re: Damn

It's a shame you're getting downvoted so much, as there is a lot of truth in what was written.

At least in the UK, and amongst my EU colleagues and friends, Whatsapp is ubiquitous that any replacement needs to overcome a significant network effect. It does not matter if there are 10 competing apps, in fact that makes it worse; we are not going to all install 10 different apps, and then try and figure out which friend group communicates on which app.

I personally have several disparate friend groups (from university, from previous jobs, from social activities), and trying to move them all onto another messaging service is not going to be easy. Trust them or not, the UK survey statistics show ~80% of 18-44 year olds in the UK use WhatsApp (with the percentage dropping for the older age groups). Source: statista.com


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